American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Susan Christensen


Total cost of 12 trips: $11,042.48


Trips traveled under the office of Nancy Johnson

Destination: WASH DC TO TAMPA FL
Sponsor: Merck & Co
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,715.02
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Catholic Health Association and affiliates
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $170.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Cardinal Health Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,200.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,295.00
source

Destination: WASH DC TO BOCA RATON FL
Sponsor: Novartis
Purpose: PRESENTATION AT FELLOWSHIP
Date: May 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $632.00
source

Destination: DC TO JACKSONVILLE FL
Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $893.90
source

Destination: NY CITY
Sponsor: NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 14, 2001
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA
Sponsor: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Purpose: PRESENTATION
Date: Jan 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $793.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2002
Expense: $311.54
source

Destination: TAMPA
Sponsor: HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL; CARDINAL HEALTHCARE; BAXTER HEALTHCARE;PREMIER INC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $896.02
source

Destination: LGA
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $690.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: NAT'L LONG-TERM CARE FORUM (GREG LUGUE)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,195.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Susan Christensen.


American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.